Low Number of Trappers Helping Wildlife Numbers

Wednesday, November 03, 2004 at 13:22



A wildlife specialist with Saskatchewan Environment says traditional concerns about northern trappers over-harvesting their animal supply are starting to fade away.


Marv Halade says a decline in the number of residents engaging in trapping is down from past years and with it the number of pelts winding up on the market.


He says that has led government officials to become more optimistic about sustainability issues surrounding northern wildlife.


Halade does admit lynx and wolverine numbers could be higher, but he’s not as worried about them as he is about woodland caribou.


Woodland caribou are considered a threatened species in Saskatchewan.


Halade notes the woodland caribou in Saskatchewan are generally found in the Key Lake/Pasqua Hills region, making their numbers difficult to trace.